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It is reputed to be a building haunted by the ghost of an auctioneer. It has been at the heart of the entertainment scene and life in the city and county for more than a century and today it is the headquarters of Anglia Television.

He sits in a part of Norwich close to where his rather stately home and magnificent garden house stood... today they would be regarded as civic treasures but they have been demolished. The first 175 years ago in 1842, and the second during the 60s when the demolition ball was in full swing.

The big department stores Curls (Debenhams) and Bonds (John Lewis) were rebuilt along with many other shops. New factories were opening....Norwich was slowly coming back to life after the Second World War.

They worked hard and knew how to enjoy themselves...Norwich shoemakers were a breed apart and there were thousands of them.

Only three other places – London, Northampton and Leicester – produced more shoes than Norwich, where there were at least 30 factories turning out millions of pairs, mostly for ladies and children.

Last week we told you about the monster 80ft oven built by Barnards of Norwich back in 1950 to bake bread for the people of Scotland and today I thought it good to bring a little sunshine into your lives.

It was 80 years ago, in May of 1937, when life changed for thousands of men and women, boys and girls, in Norwich and across Norfolk. The Stars were shining.

There had been a lull in the enemy action over Norwich in the months leading up to the last week in April of 1942. There were those who started to ignore the sirens warning people to take shelter.

Rock a Hula, Rock, Rock a Hula....Elvis was top of the pops and the hula-a-hoop was being demonstrated in a shop window in Norwich – being watched by two ladies on bikes while a smart-looking chap leaned up against the wall.

She was a tall, elegant woman in a black suit and a golden scarf around her neck...here was Yvonne Marsh in her 80s and making her last appearance at Norwich Theatre Royal where she was once the most glamorous principal boy of them all.

It was 35 years ago when a symbol of Norwich’s proud industrial heritage came tumbling to the ground...the landmark chimney at Bullards Anchor Brewery was destroyed.

It was during February of 1957 – 60 long years ago – when it was announced in the Eastern Evening News and the Eastern Daily Press that an event would be taking place – one which would worry the grown-ups and delight the “cats.”

Gallery: Remembering city’s Abbey Lane and Bill

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Meet the boys and girls and some of the grown-ups who lived, along with thousands of other people, off busy and bustling King Street in the heart of old Norwich.

He was born 170 years ago, he had a garden like no other which is now making the news...and thousands of boys and girls rode on his horse in the middle of Norwich.

It was 150 years ago when a baby was born in Norwich and he grew up to be one of our greatest citizens of recent times with a story which could never be repeated today... from the treadmill to the chief citizen.

Gallery: Clearance that brought a dream to an end

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Join us on a journey along the roads and streets which criss-cross Norwich. Some big and busy, others small and peaceful as we discover how they got their names.

All Saints Green; Today it is at the heart of the latest controversial road closure scheme but more than 30 years ago the late Norwich historian and author Geoffrey Goreham wrote in the Evening News: “If ever a road needs the therapy of pedestrianisation it is All Saints Green.”

What’s in a name?

Our city highways and byways often have names which remind us of our history and are an important link with our heritage.

They can be named after local people who made a difference and did much to help the Norwich and Norfolk over the centuries, an event at home or abroad even a trade and profession.

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